In Mexico’s Election, the Search for the Missing Should Be Front and Center

By Julia Zulver, Gema Kloppe-Santamaría

Presidential candidates need to prioritize the country’s disappeared and the mothers searching for them.

MEXICO CITY— On May 10th, Mexico’s Mother’s Day, hundreds of madres buscadoras marched in cities across the country to demand justice and effective responses from the government on behalf of their disappeared family members. In recent years, what was once one of Mexico’s most popular and festive celebrations has become a painful reminder of the thousands of mothers that have lost their children, either at the hands of organized crime, state security forces, or both.  According to official statistics, a total of 114,723 people are disappeared in Mexico. While the data covers...

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